Advent, a four-week time of preparation before Christmas, begins the church year. For additional creative resources for individuals, families, and worship planners, visit Advent Unwrapped. The first Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Hope.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel(269.67 KB)(PDF): A one-rehearsal Advent Unwrapped pageant with the message "God is with us! We are not alone."
The Days Are Surely Coming(25.2 KB)(Word): A service by Miriam Spies for the first Sunday of Advent, year C, and Disabilities Awareness Day.
Advent Intercultural Hymn Festival(219.55 KB)(PDF): These songs with accompanying commentary can be combined with seasonal prayers and scripture readings to create an Advent hymn festival. Please credit Bruce Harding for this resource and the music arrangements.
Alleluia (SATB) (Pat Mayberry / David Kai)(418.48 KB)(PDF): Short SATB piece (a cappella, optional piano) suitable for worship during Advent or other times during the worship year. Please credit Words/Music: Pat Mayberry; Arrangement: David Kai and report to One License / Licensing.
Sing Now Gloria (Unison) (Terry Macham)(85.52 KB)(PDF): Unison song suitable for worship during Advent. Lead sheet with melody, lyrics, and chord symbols. Text in English and Latin. Please credit the composer.
The Giver(90.45 KB)(PDF): Written and composed by Mia Michelle McClain with the United Church of Christ and The United Church of Canada for Advent 2022.
The Giver: Video: The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ invite you to use this original song by Mia McClain as part of your Advent worship. Find the sheet music above.
Watching and Waiting: A Daily Vigil Based on the O Antiphons(628.25 KB)(PDF): Follow the ancient tradition of praying the “O Antiphons,” familiar from the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” using this Advent Unwrapped resource. You can set aside nightly family prayer time for the last week of Advent or adapt this ritual in another way.
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